Re: April 6 article, “Bills stalling or stopping bullet train pass Texas Senate committee.”
There are a few people who, apparently, have little knowledge of how efficient high-speed rail can be. I would ask them to travel to Europe to ride on ICE, TGV or the Eurostar.
We Americans have such an outdated rail system. The Europeans built an entirely separate rail system for their high speed trains because there is no way that these high speed trains could provide efficient transportation using the normal rail system. The regular rail system is used for local passenger service to small towns and for freight. For a country to be able to move its populations by high speed rail is a great benefit. I would think that anyone who travels on Interstate 35 would come to that conclusion.
ROBERT KINCL, HUTTO
Re: April 12 commentary, “Herman: Time to do away with state vehicle inspections?”
Ken Herman’s perspective may be a little shortsighted. He says that more than 10 million hours are spent sitting on uncomfortable chairs while somebody pokes around our cars.
Ah, but Texans aren’t just sitting there; they are texting. I’ve seen this with my own eyes. So, does Ken want 10 million more hours of texting on our highways? I should think not.
Bottom line: Safety inspections save lives.
LARRY CHASTEEN, AUSTIN
Re: April 10 article, “Analysis: Local spike in immigration detentions echoed across state.”
Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s detainer policy indicates her commitment to follow the law and respect constitutional and fundamental rights of local residents. Her actions should serve as examples to state and federal officials, because following these blueprints for government roles helps efficiency and promotes protection of basic constitutional rights.
Hernandez is a public servant and holds an office that entails specific duties. Her role and the role of federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security are distinct and delineated in American jurisprudence. Having local enforcement fulfill the role of federal officials overlooks constitutional demarcations and costs taxpayers at the local level.
Each governmental branch should focus on their duties as entailed by the constitution and national laws. I voted for Hernandez so that she would make the decisions that were under her jurisdiction. I find this overreach re-enforced by Gov. Greg Abbot — in opposition to my rights as a local resident.
SEJA RACHAEL, AUSTIN
Re: April 11 commentary, “SantaCruz: With a citizenship test, mom’s worries turn into smiles.”
It must be because I didn’t get my news from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and — most importantly — “The Daily Show,” that I missed where President Donald Trump declared that he does not want any immigrants to enter the country. This is what is implied in the commentary.
It is articles like this one that feed the fear of many who are vulnerable to this type of unwarranted hate. The Statesman publishing this is just as guilty of perpetrating the lies and myths being spread. To be fair, perhaps Gissela SantaCruz inadvertently left out the adjective “illegal” when she spoke of President Trump’s “doubling down” and the “campaign’s unwelcoming message to immigrants?” But I doubt it. I applaud her mother for finally pursuing citizenship, no matter what the motivation. I wonder how much of her motivation was the fear initiated by SantaCruz.
RALPH HAUS, LEANDER
Re: April 12 article, “Senate OKs letting clerks deny same-sex marriage licenses.”
Regarding Senate Bill 522: This is the reason we have separation of church and state. Even if they tried — and they don’t — religious folks just can’t help themselves and will always eventually insist that everyone believe and behave as they think you should.
They may tout “religious freedom” but in practice all that means that we all have the “right” to believe as they do. When the Muslims do this, it’s called sharia — and everyone gets their knickers in a twist. But, if Christians do it, it’s apparently OK. Imagine going to McDonald’s and ordering a burger and the clerk tells you that they’re on a diet and you’ll have a salad. Believe what you want, just leave me out of it.
As the bumper sticker says, “Lord, protect me from your followers.”
MIKE LOOBY, ROUND ROCK